This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VTX1800S made from 2002 to 2007 in various forms — the VTX1800F, VTX1800S, VTX1800C, VTX1800S, and VTX1800T. (More on these variants below).
The Honda VTX series is a line of V-twin Honda cruiser motorcycles. VTX stands for “V-Twin Extreme”, kinda, because it’s intended to be a high performance model.
The Honda VTX 1800 was launched in 2001 as a 2002 model. Honda claimed that 1800 put out 159 Nm (117 lb-ft) of torque at only 3,000 rpm and 75 kW (101 hp) at 5000 rpm, making the VTX1800 one of the most powerful production V-twin motorcycles of its time. (The Suzuki M109R soon took this mantle!)
Honda initially launched with three variants on the VTX1800. There are subtle differences between the three bikes.
- VTX1800C — the “Classic”
- VTX1800R — Retro, with cast wheels
- VTX1800S — with spoked wheels and tube tyres
Later, Honda added a VTX1800F in 2015, with low-profile tyres on cast-allow wheels, and an LCD tachometer. This bike competed more directly with the Yamaha Warrior, Victory Hammer, Kawasaki Mean Streak, and the Harley-Davidson Street Rod.
Finally, Honda added a VTX1800T Tourer model in 2007, with soft bags and a windscreen.
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What you need to service the Honda VTX1800 — Consumables and Special Tools.
If you’re servicing the Honda VTX1800, you at least need motorcycle maintenance tools — things like an oil catch pan, a paddock stand, and so on.
For the VTX1800, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.
|Engine oil||The manual recommends SAE 10W-40 JASO T 903 standard MA,|
Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 (without molybdenum additives) 4-stroke oil or equivalent.
Don’t over-torque the bolt (spec is 30 Nm/22 lb-ft for the oil drain bolt per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
|Oil filter||Needs to be changed every time you change the oil. Either get a stock oil filter (part 15410-MCJ-505) or the HF204RC. Torque for the oil filter is 26 Nm / 20 lb-ft.|
|Engine coolant||Use Pro Honda coolant (ethylene glycol pre-mix) which is a 50/50 mix.|
|Spark Plugs||NGK IFR5L11 should be used per the manual. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 1.0-1.1mm (get a gapping tool) and torqued correctly. Manual says to tighten it 3/4 turn after it seats, loosen it again, then tighten it 1/8 turn after it seats.|
|Air filter||Part number is 17213-MCH-000, or the K&N alternative HA-1802.|
|Brake pads||Choose OEM, or EBC for more bite and lower fade. You need two sets for the front and one for the rear.|
* Front: OEM 06455-MAT-E22, EBC FA261HH (2 sets)
* Rear: OEM 06435-MCH-006, EBC FA261HH (Same, but 1 set)
|Shaft drive oil||Use Pro Honda Shaft Drive Oil to change your shaft drive oil.|
Honda VTX1800 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VTX1800S.
Honda has suggested “difficulty levels” in the manual:
- * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual.
- ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.
- I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, as necessary
- C: clean
- A: adjust
- L: lubricate
- R: replace
|x 1000 mi||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|Dif:||x 1000 km||NOTE/ Diff.||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4|
|Engine Oil||Every 12 months: R||R||R||R|
|Engine Oil Filter||R||R||R|
|*||Engine Idle Speed||*||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|*||Secondary Air Supply System||*||I||I||I|
|*||Evaporative Emission Control System||*, 5||I||I|
|Final Drive Oil||I||I||R|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|*||Brake Light Switch||*||I||I||I|
|*||Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||*||I||I||I|
(S) = Spoked
|**||Steering Head Bearings||**||I||I||I|
- 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
- 2. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
- 3. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden often at full throttle or in the rain.
- 4. Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
- 5. California type only.
- For VTX1800S (spoke wheels only)
About the Honda VTX1800
The biggest cruiser Honda ever produced (at the point), the VTX1800 motorcycles were powered by a 1795cc V-twin with 106 horsepower and 120 pounds-feet of torque.
With an exhaust valve bigger than a P-51’s and an 18.8-kilogram crankshaft, the VTX was the King Kong of performance cruisers, and an answer to the slightly under-performing cruisers that Honda had previously produced.
Combining the tank-mounted chrome instrument housing – with a speedometer, odometer/tripmeter, aviation-style fuel cap, and indicator lights – and the flared, valenced fenders of the 1800R with classic spoked wheels, the 1800S is the traditional VTX.
The VTX also came in other variants (mentioned above) for those dancing between prioritizing looking cool cruising along a boulevard all the way to touring across a country.
Manual for the Honda VTX1800
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2002 Honda VTX1800S, with parts input from the other Honda cruiser manuals.